News & Reviews: Samsung Galaxy S4 review
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2013
The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 has just barely managed to outscore the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powered Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV. Using the AnTuTu benchmark, the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 scored an impressive 25827 against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powered Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV. The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 may have the following specs:
- 2GHz Intel Atom z2580 dual-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB of storage (no microSD)
- 5.5-inch FHD LCD (401 ppi)
- 13MP rear camera + 2MP front camera
- 2500 mAh battery
- Android 4.2
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV is an impressive smartphone in either its Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version and its Exynos 5 Octa version. However, recent benchmarks of the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa have revealed that it is a lot more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version. The question here is, why has Samsung made nearly 70% of its Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV smartphones using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600? Why haven't they used just the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa?
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2013
Every time I do a flagship smartphone review I always compare it with the Pomegranate phone (which was a fake/hoax). This review about the Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV is no different. The only difference here, is that in some ways the Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV may actually beat the Pomegranate phone. Read on and find out how.
If the Design isn't broke, don't fix it
Building upon the record sales-breaking design of the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks exactly like it. It has the same Polycarbonate (plastic) shell, the same rounded corners, the same look and feel. Just this time around, Samsung have somehow managed to squeeze in more screen space, make it thinner, lighter and have a bigger capacity battery.
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2013
Samsung has finally released confirmed dates as to when the Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV will be released in the United Kingdom with these dates being 25 and 26 April 2013. UK retailers have since opened up Pre-order registration for the Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV starting from £629.95 (RM2962.44) without any SIM (meaning there isn't any data plan or service contract). The smartphone is available in both 'Black Mist' and 'White Frost'.
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2013
Previously we reported on the early benchmarks done using the Snapdragon 600-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV or I9505 which were done using Geekbench 2. Now, benchmarks using the Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 / S IV or I9500 have come up and blown practically every other device out of the water. The benchmark tests were done using AnTuTu and Quadrant. Check them out below:
AnTuTu (Higher is better)
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2013
While most reviews cover most of the feature tests and performance tests, testing battery life can take quite some time so it is only just now that we have the battery life tests fo the Samsung Galaxy S4. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks and feels about the same weight and size as the Samsung Galaxy S III, it has a bigger screen, more powerful processors and about 500 mAh more with its 2600 mAh battery. Bear in mind that these tests were done with the Snapdragon 600 quad core enabled Samsung Galaxy S4 and cover 3 tests which include talk time, web browsing and video playback.
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2013
While many know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is coming, few know that it is coming in two flavours. Like what some of our readers at the Mobile Mega Mall Facebook page have noted, the I9500 is powered by the 8-core Exynos processor but doesn't have any LTE capabilities while the I9505 model will be powered by the 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and have LTE capabilities.
Thankfully, Malaysia is one of the few countries that will be getting both models (which may lead to an I9500 vs I9505 comparison later on ;) ). The full list is below but not completely accurate (as in some countries might be missing).
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2013
As the impending bells of release for the Samsung Galaxy S4 sound, those with early access at Primate Labs have done early benchmarks on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and compared it with other smartphones in the same class. The results were impressive as the Samsung Galaxy S4 powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz processor beat all of the other smartphones using the Geekbench 2 benchmark.
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2013
In a move that would likely make the Samsung Galaxy S4 even more attractive, Samsung and HP have teamed up to make it almost effortless for Samsung Galaxy S4 owners to print wirelessly using HP printers. Covering almost 200 HP Inkjets and Laserjets, the move makes wireless printing from your phone, in this case the Samsung Galaxy S4, even easier than before.
Previously, printing wirelessly from your phone required a number of applications to be set up both on the phone as well as on the connecting PC or computer hooked up to the printer. However, with this feature, users looking to do a lot of wireless printing have just one more reason to buy the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4.
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2013
Those looking to make their decisions to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 based on its ability to handle Qi wireless charging should now rest easy as the Wireless Power Consortium has confirmed that the smartphone is now compatible. While you won't be able to charge your brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 straight out of the box onto your Qi wireless charger, you can charge the smartphone this way by getting an optional back battery cover and wireless charging pads.